The AFL have appointed Regional Facilities Auckland CEO, Mr Chris Brooks to the AFL New Zealand Board.
Mr Brooks has resided in Auckland for the last five years in his role as Chief Executive of Regional Facilities Auckland. The council controlled organisation is responsible for attraction and delivery of events and exhibitions across sports, entertainment, arts, culture and conservation to enrich life in Auckland. There are 13 brands within the portfolio including Mt Smart, Western Springs & North Harbour Stadiums, Auckland Zoo, Auckland Live, Auckland Conventions and Auckland Art Gallery.
Mr Brooks has a full understanding of the strategic direction of sport in New Zealand and more particularly the opportunity for AFL to further develop this exciting code.
Over the last 20 years as a Chief Executive operating with and on Boards, he has had a direct input into the governance and strategic direction that has supported the growth and development of those organisations.
He has a lifelong interest in sport, particularly AFL. Additionally, experience in sports administration, events and facilities investment and management, including his current role as Chief Executive of Regional Facilities Auckland, as well as General Manager of Launceston City Council. He was also Finance Director of the World Rowing Championships held in Australia.
The AFL is thankful for the efforts of outgoing director Andrew Sloman and his dedication to servicing the development of the sport in New Zealand.